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Game #3849
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  GunViper    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Vertical shooter

Rating: 7.48 (33 votes)

GunViper box cover

GunViper screenshot
Yet another jaw-dropping, drop-dead gorgeous 3D shooter from Japan, GunViper takes the freeware "scene" to the next level with true 3D weapons. You no longer fire flat, 2D laser beams, but full 3D bullets and rockets that spin towards their targets. Very pretty. There are dozens of enemy types, all of which are very well-designed and have their own attack and flying patterns. Some of these ships remind me of ships in the Gandam and Macross anime series -- perhaps the author's inspirations. Action game veterans may find the first few stages of the game too easy on the normal level, but they can change the difficulty level to "expert" for more challenge. Even on "kids" (the easiest) level, the game gets considerably more difficult in the later stages. One nice touch is that you can dock with the mothership during each stage to refit your ship with different weapons (by buying them with blue, green, and pink cubes collected from dying enemies). One minor quibble I have with the game is that the illusion of 3D depth could be better -- my ship sometimes runs into large enemy ships I thought were flying below me (or vice versa). A 3D radar like the one in Homeworld would have helped. Still, even in this early (version 0.40) pre-release stage, GunViper has all the qualities of a great shooter, as well as the longevity to last more than several hours of your time. Sadly this seems to be as far as the game's development was continued. Recommended!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Nagahashi
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2002
Software Copyright: Nagahashi
Theme: Anime
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site
If you like this game, try: Silpheed (SEGA CD), G-Type, Vsys Gaiden

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